As I am my mother’s daughter, I cannot pass by a used book store or the dollar rack at the library without stopping to take a peek. And there is nothing that I love more than a library used book sale. I doorbust like a bride at the Filene’s Basement wedding sale and throw elbows and side-eye at the dealers who manspread to scan every single art book to grab the ones going for the highest price on Amazon.

For those of you in Houston, mark your calendars for the next semi-annual book sale on June 11 at the Health Museum. If you make a $25 contribution to Friends of the Houston Public Library, you can get in an hour early and get first dibs, plus a dollar off every book.

As a result of this trolling, I have outgrown my current bookcases and have stacks piled up in the corner of the living room and I am desperate for for a more open concept bookshelf solution that will feel more airy in my house. Ideally, I would love the wall mounted ladder shelves from CB2, but for now I am on the hunt for more economical DIY options that I could make possible with an electric screwdriver and a level.

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The CB2 model, as seen in Bri Emery’s website DesignLoveFest

Manhattan Nest

Simple track shelving from Manhattan Nest

Magnolia Homes

It wouldn’t be a proper interior design post without a shoutout to my beloved Chip and Joanna of Magnolia Market and HGTV’s Fixer Upper, who created this tutorial for DIY gas pipe shelving. Although I would be concerned that the roof of my 100 year old bungalow would crumble in.


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  1. Wonder if it’s possible to do something slightly more elegant with boards and those “decorative” cement blocks, which was the solution for temporary shelving needs back in the day. They DO have the virtues of being cheap and easy to disassemble!


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